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Byodo-in Temple

If you think this classic furled-roof temple looks familiar, take a look at a 10-yen coin, and you’ll see why. One of Japan's most famous temples, and a World Heritage Site, the image of its 11th century Phoenix Hall graces the coin and the 10,000-yen note.

The reason why this Buddhist temple is so famous is because it is one of the few remaining examples of Heian-era architecture, a textbook example of Japanese perfection.

Take a tour to see the famous statue of Amida and 42 Bodhisattvas from the 11th century. The surrounding gardens are also justly famous, with tranquil water gardens reflecting the temple's surrounding pines.

Practical Info

Byōdō-in is in Uji, 18 km (11 mi) from central Kyoto on its southeastern outskirts. Take a tour to get here or ride the train to Keihan Uji Station (around a 40 minute trip).
Address: Uji-shi Uji renge, Kyoto 611-0021, Japan
Hours: Open daily 9am - 5pm (until 4pm in Winter)
Admission: ¥600; ¥500 more for admission to Phoenix Hall
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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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What are Byodo-in Temple hours of operation?
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Byodo-in Temple hours of operation: Open daily 9am - 5pm (until 4pm in Winter). Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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